Chocolate, peanuts, and caramel, all wrapped up in one sweet dessert that won't add to your waistline.
Now how is that possible?
How do I get all these delectable flavors together in one bite of goodness that will probably make you slobber for more? You know, a Snickers bar type of flavor in a no sugar, low carb recipe?
I'd been looking for some kind of candy-bar-like sweet treat that would work well with the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle of eating. After reading through a bunch of recipes, I combined this and that and came up with my own:
Snickerly Good No-Sugar Candy Bars!
("S"/Satisfying snack if you are following Trim Healthy Mama)
I almost didn't make it to the chocolate-dunking stage. These were so good even before being dipped in chocolate.
But if you enjoy the taste of a dark chocolate Snickers bar, minus the stringy pull-out caramel, you'll love the Snickerly Good Candy Bars dunked in chocolate.
- 3/4 cup erythritol, Swerve Sweetener, Truvia, or other erythritol
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup erythritol, alternative sweetener, or xylitol
- stevia extract, to taste
- 2 tsp. molasses
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup creamy, no-sugar-added peanut butter
- 1/4 cup 12% defatted peanut flour
- 1 cup chopped peanuts
- 5 oz. 90% chocolate
1. Line an 8x8" baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 1" overhang on the sides so you'll be able to lift out the cooled candy bars.
2. Combine 3/4 cup erythritol (or Swerve, Truvia, etc.), water, 1/4 cup xylitol (or other sweetener), and molasses in a heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sweeteners dissolve and are no longer grainy in appearance.
3. Bring mixture to a boil - and here's the easy part: gently boil for 10-15 minutes until mixture is darker in color.
4. Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in whipping cream and butter.
5. Add baking soda. Vigorously stir in peanut butter until well combined. Stir in peanut flour until well combined, and then stir in chopped peanuts. Taste, and if you would like it sweeter, add stevia extract to taste, a tiny amount at a time.
6. Spread caramel-peanut mixture into prepared baking pan and chill until firm, about 30 minutes, or freeze for 10 minutes.
7. Remove chilled caramel-peanut mixture from baking pan by lifting the overhanging parchment paper out of the pan. Cut chilled mixture into at least 16 pieces. (You can tell in my photo that I cut mine into 32 bite-sized pieces.) Place bars on an ungreased cookie sheet and freeze for 30 minutes.
Now, if you just want to keep these caramel-peanut fudge bars without the chocolate, just enJOY these as they are. However, if you want to dip these in chocolate:
8. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate, stirring until smooth. Or, melt chocolate in your microwave on the "melt chocolate" setting.
9. Dip frozen caramel-peanut bars into the melted chocolate, rolling with a fork to coat completely with chocolate. Place dipped bars onto a waxed paper-lined plate or baking sheet to set.
These are fine to store in the refrigerator, although we chose to store ours in the freezer. You are going to love these treats!
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The Snickerly Good No-Sugar Candy Bars recipe is a link-up to Trim Healthy Tuesday found on Gwen's Nest. Check out Gwen's site for many more Trim Healthy Mama-style recipes and ideas!